Wonderfully hand-carved onyx cameo with the profiles of two men, which makes it rare and unique. One man having longer wavy hair and a goatee. The other, sporting a hat. Inside is inscribed, “Tourville, Jean Bart, Patrol May 14/78. ” These connotations suggest the profiles correspond to the Comte de Tourville (24 November 1642, Paris – 23 May 1701), who was a French naval commander who served under King Louis XIV. He was made Marshal of France in 1693. He had long waxy hair. Jean Bart was born in Dunkirk in 1650 and became captain of one of the Dunkirk privateers. In this capacity, Jean Bart displayed astonishing bravery, so King Louis XIV sent him on a special mission to the Mediterranean, where he gained great distinction and eventually went up the ranks to become an Admiral. This suggests this cameo is a commemorative pendent honoring these two naval heroes.
You can place two small pictures inside. The back of the pendant is banded onyx that uses the white layer and trim. The carving, in these mini masterpieces, makes this cameo pendent a thoughtful gift for lovers of French naval history.
Weighs 13.3 dwt 19 grams
Open: 1.375 in
Closed: 0.375 in